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Vicksburg Volunteer - Massachusetts State Memorial

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The Massachusetts State Memorial was the first State memorial to be erected in Vicksburg National Military Park, which now holds over 1, 400 monuments to both Unionist and Confederate soldiers. It is dedicated to the 29th, 35th, and 36th Massachusetts Infantry Regiments that arrived in Vicksburg in June 1863. It is a copy of Kitson’s monument ‘The Volunteer’ in Newburyport which departs from the tradition of representing soldiers at parade rest, instead featuring a soldier with his rifle slung over his right soldier, trousers tucked into his socks and his left hand in his pocket, standing on a 15 ton granite boulder from Massachusetts.. The addresses were made by Major Dwight O. Judd, Major Hodgkins and Lieutenant-General Stephen D. Lee.

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